How Public is Public Law? The Current State of Open Access to Administrative Court Judgments

  1. Judicial review judgments possess multi-layered value. They provide a reasoned record of the outcome for parties to the dispute, they facilitate transparency around the exercise of judicial power, they inform potential litigants of how their potential claim might fare, they structure the operation of government, and, as a whole, they provide an important part of an evidence base that allows the system of judicial review itself to be understood and evaluated.
  2. Who can access which judicial review judgments therefore matters a great deal in various ways. Access to judgments can shape legal advice given to private and public parties. It can also influence and shape how cases are litigated and how judgments are crafted. Similarly, the availability of judgments can shape the cases that researchers draw upon for their work and thus the broader understanding of public law.

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